Deakin Communicating Science 2016

EES 200/101

Animals Will Strike Back!

 

When did it become OK to do what we want with animals? When did it become OK to treat them with such callous methods? When did it become our choice to decide when their life is up and turn them into meat-filled sandwiches, lasagnes or dog food? It didn’t! And it shouldn’t be this way. I just wait for the day animals will strike back and rule the world! (One can always hope).

 

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Revenge, 2016

 

Factory farming, industrial livestock production or animal agriculture are all nice ways of saying ‘we cage, torture, and slaughter animals for human benefit’.

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Pig factory, 2016

 

 

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Factory farm all on, 2016

 

Animal agriculture and livestock byproducts account for a combined 69% (51% animal byproducts and 18% factory farming) of greenhouse gas emissions!!! Like common, seriously? Transportation exhausts only account for 13% of ALL greenhouse gas emissions.. Yet transportation is what is all over the news, ‘ride a bike’, ‘take public transport’. Yes, all of those things we should be doing, but even if we stop ALL of those, it isn’t really going to help in the slightest because the animal agriculture greenhouse gas emissions is rapidly increasing each year.

 

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Greenhouse gas emissions

 

 

For more insight on the effect of animal torture, click here to watch a video (called global warming) on the facts of animal agriculture in relation to greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Everyone always says ‘but we have always eaten meat, it’s just the way of life’. But if humans were supposed to eat then we would of evolved along with the rest of the world to support a meat-filled diet. But, we haven’t!

 

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Go back, 2016

 

Animals all evolved over time to live certain lifestyles. Some aquatic animals have adapted to a terrestrial lifestyle, meaning they had to evolve from a body with gills to a body with lungs (or air sacs).

 

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Evolution

 

Did you know spiders actually have twelve legs? Yes, 12!!! After all these years of schooling and we don’t even know how many legs spiders have. They have twelve legs, but four have evolved into legs that are associated with feeding, and as such are now ‘arms’ and ‘mouthparts’.

 

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Tube web spider

 

Well, as I was saying.. We haven’t evolved to support a meat-filled diet. We have teeth that do not support meat-eating.

 

Meat-eaters have sharp front teeth for tearing, and they do not contain molars, which we use for grinding. Herbivores do not have sharp front teeth, but they do have molars. Humans do not have sharp front teeth, but we do have molars.

 

 

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Atlantean Conspiracy

 

Meat-eaters have claws, herbivores do not. Humans do not.

Meat-eaters have a short digestive tract (3 times their body length) so they can quickly digest meat. Herbivores have a digestive tract 10 times their body length, and so do humans; it takes years to digest any meat we eat.

 

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Atlantean Conspiracy

 

The list goes on.

We. Should. Not. Eat. Meat.

It is not natural.

And we definitely go about meat consumption in the wrong way.

 

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Lion family portrait

 

Please take a look at this video for more information.

 

REFERENCES

Anderson, K., Kuhn, K 2016, The facts, Cowspiracy, Retrieved 26 April 2016 < http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/>

 

Hamad, R 2014, Meat the hidden culprit of climate change, ABC, Retrieved 26 April 2016 < http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-28/hamad-meat-the-hidden-culprit-of-climate-change/5414894>

 

How Humans Are Not Physically Created To Eat Meat, 2016 Celestialhealing, Retrieved 25 April 2016 <http://www.celestialhealing.net/physicalveg3.htm&gt;

 

12 wild animals pose for family photos, Tsismosaonline, Retrieved 25 April 2016 < http://www.tsismosaonline.com/2014/10/12-wild-animals-pose-for-family-photos.html>

 

Revenge, photograph, viewed 25 April 2016, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3imnMXHDAR4>

 

Factory farm all on, photograph, viewed 25 April 2016, <http://inhabitat.com/europeans-snub-americas-chlorinated-chicken/6373485277_d48b10e1dc_b/>

 

Pig factory, photograph, viewed 26 April 2016, <http://reg-charity.org/effective-animal-charities/>

 

Greenhouse gas emissions, photograph, viewed 26 April 2016 <https://au.pinterest.com/pin/371476669238383219/>

 

 

Atlantean Conspiracy, photograph, viewed 26 April 2016, <http://www.atlanteanconspiracy.com/2013/01/humans-are-biologically-built-vegetarian.html>

 

Evolution, photograph, viewed 26 April 2016 <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/93/Fishapod_evolution.jpg>

 

 

Yoddler go back, photograph, viewed 26 April 2016, <https://darwinskidneys-science.com/2015/07/10/fossil-friday-tiktaalik-and-the-transition-from-water-to-land/>

 

Strike back, photograph, viewed 26 April 2016, <http://www.airnest.com/blog/2016/2/19/drones-vs-nature-when-animals-strike-back>

 

Tube web spider, photograph, viewed 26 April 2016, <http://www.fantasticpestcontrol.co.uk/blog/uk-spiders-dangerous-beautiful/>

 

Lion family portait, photograph, viewed 26 April 2016 <http://www.tsismosaonline.com/2014/10/12-wild-animals-pose-for-family-photos.html>

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7 comments on “Animals Will Strike Back!

  1. alknorris
    May 7, 2016

    Hi there ☺ A very interesting topic here! I just wanted to do some extra research in this area and actually have a look at the reasons as to why humans ARE meant to eat meat (lets keep in mind, I am vegetarian myself, but just found this differing information interesting).
    I found that according to the World Health Organisation, a whopping 30% of people are in fact iron deficient. Yes, I know vegetables contain iron- but apparently not kind we need. Eating plants gives your body ‘nonheme’ iron, a version less easily absorbed by the body. ‘Heme’ iron, the prefered type, only comes from life forms with hemoglobin, such as red meat, pork, poultry, and fish.
    Also, according to John McArdle, most herbivores have fermenting vats, which are chambers in their stomachs where microbes attack plant material for digestion, however humans don’t. Secondly, our jaws have both canines and molars. Obviously, we don’t have saber-teeth like many of the carnivores, but in the days before forks and knives, and we ate meat, they were enough.

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    • shenaeryan
      May 7, 2016

      Hi,

      Thanks for your comment.
      My blog is more to do with the torture and slaughtering of animals just so humans can eat them.. I would rather everyone be seriously iron deficient, then killing animals so they aren’t. It’s very unfair.
      But in relation to iron deficiency, that is very true. But, that is also where chickpeas come in, with a whopping 6.2mg of iron in 100mg, compared to lamb and beef iron from 1.9-2.6mg in 100mg.

      Congratulations on being meat-free😉 you should definitely try chick peas. I wasn’t a fan of them originally, so I would roast them in the oven and they are absolutely delicious! All crispy and tasty (with some delicious seasoning).

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  2. shenaeryan
    May 7, 2016

    Hi,

    Thanks for your comment.
    My blog is more to do with the torture and slaughtering of animals just so humans can eat them.. I would rather everyone be seriously iron deficient, then killing animals so they aren’t. It’s very unfair.
    But in relation to iron deficiency, that is very true. But, that is also where chickpeas come in, with a whopping 6.2mg of iron in 100mg, compared to lamb and beef iron from 1.9-2.6mg in 100mg.

    Congratulations on being meat-free 😉 you should definitely try chick peas. I wasn’t a fan of them originally, so I would roast them in the oven and they are absolutely delicious! All crispy and tasty (with some delicious seasoning).

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  3. wjhar
    May 8, 2016

    Alright so this article is really good and a great deal of passion has shown through which is really quite wonderful, but i think that your opinion on this subject may have blinded you slightly to some facts and perhaps produced a biased result.
    In your article you state that human teeth are not made to eat meat and that we possess no sharp teeth so we should not eat meat. This is untrue. Humans, that have evolved from omnivorous apes, possess canine teeth at the front of our mouths. These teeth were developed in order to help us grab onto meat and the front teeth are used to slice away the meat that is latched to.
    Also, whilst your argument about animal agriculture causing emissions is true, i must state that even if humans did not eat the meat, these emissions would still be extremely high as the emissions produced come from the stomach processes of cattle. I just believe that this is not a vali argument for your article.
    Perhaps in future articles you could develop more on the ways that humans treat animals because a persuasive article about not eating meat i think would be far more powerful if we can see what is happening to produce the food we eat.\
    I did really like the article and really great enthusiasm. Some refining and a proofread for spelling issues could turn this into a really fantastic scientific article.
    Will
    P.S. Great use of memes to represent your theme.

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    • shenaeryan
      May 8, 2016

      Hi Will,

      First, I did find this comment a bit offensive, and it put me down. I even had to approve the comment because wordpress found it derogatory, but I thought I would approve it and have it shown on my blog because I assume you are doing it for communicating science. Thus, you’ll need it there.

      I have extensively researched this area, as I work in the field. Humans are not supposed to eat meat. Our teeth are not supposed to tear meat. They can do that, but they are not supposed to. Our digestive systems cannot properly digest meat, they can, but they are not supposed to. Meat sits in our system for many years.
      Additionally, what you say about the emissions still being extremely high even if humans did not eat meat, this statement is not true. The emissions are so high because of the amount of livestock used to produce meat for humans. If we did not eat meat, then there would not be millions of animals killed daily for human need. Thus, the emissions would be significantly lower. You should have a read through the links I provided in the blog.
      Have a look at this one that I didn’t provide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLhEmGx8YQE

      My point in this article is to only show the one side of the story. I didn’t want to show both sides as that is against my beliefs and this blog is supposed to be about something you have strong feelings toward.
      Yes, we can eat meat with our teeth. But, we are not supposed to. Yes, we will continue living a healthy life if we eat meat. But, we aren’t supposed to. Additionally, when did it become our right to take another life?

      Also, with your comments if you are doing this for communicating science, we aren’t supposed to criticise anyones blogs at all. We are only expected to reply about what we did enjoy about the piece, and if there was anything you didn’t understand. If we don’t agree with the blog we are to respond to another one.

      Thanks for letting me know about the spelling. Could you please let me know where I have made spelling mistakes so I can fix it. I have proof-read it many times.

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  4. kedaviblog
    May 8, 2016

    Really interesting take on such a controversial topic, you made some very interesting points about the teeth that made me interested in finding out more on how teeth can impact and influence diets. Interesting enough by looking at how humans evolved, I found that the development of stone tools eliminated the need for sharp teeth, large canines and strong jaws. As well as the decrease in herbivorous dentition over time as difficult to eat vegetation was replaced with meat.

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  5. eleisadrose
    May 8, 2016

    Hi, I loved reading your blog and the personality and passion that comes from your writing. I definitely agree when you say that the human set of teeth were not meant for tearing and chewing meat in the same way as other animals like lions. I find that this image articulates that point well:

    I also agree that the human digestive system is not made to digest meat. Perhaps explain more about the science behind this. Is the human digestive system longer than other animals that are built to be scavengers?

    The use of pictures is great, maybe having a video linked will add even more substance. It doesn’t have to show the torture in factory farms, it could be a presentation or one showing statistics.

    All in all, great work.
    Eleisa

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